Safeguarding California

California is leading the way on emissions reduction, but no matter how quickly we reduce our climate polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. But there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and
safety, our economy and our future.

Calling all Californians!

Share your story to support efforts for clean air and water, environmental justice and economic prosperity in our State!

In anticipation of the January 2017 update of Safeguarding California, the California Natural Resources Agency’s climate team wants to hear from you! We know that so many of you are leading efforts to protect your family, home and community.

We hope that you will take some time to share your story or project with us. We need everyone to be part of the conversation to respond to changes in our environment. We hope to share ideas for projects and programs as a way to show what is possible when preparing for the future.

Our communities in the Central Valley are already facing clean water scarcity. Coastal communities are grappling with how to plan for sea-level rise. Communities in the Sierra Nevada region face changing forests and snowpack levels. But instead of giving up, Californians are doing what we do best: we problem solve. Groundbreaking programs led by non-profit organizations offer water delivery services and well loan programs to address drought and poverty in the Central Valley. Middle schoolers band together to dig poles at local beaches to urge action on sea-level rise. More programs are greening urban communities, replacing hard cement with permeable surfaces and plants offering a way to diversify our sources of water.

No matter what kind of program is crafted to address changes in our environment, we recognize people are at the core of this work. Across the state and in a variety of sectors in our economy, Californians are training, certifying and hiring people with all levels of skills for livable-wage green jobs. Leadership development academies offer residents engaging workshops on climate change in a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multigenerational manner. From churches to land trusts to economic development centers, we are coming together.

If you have a project or program or policy that you, your business or your community has completed that helps prepare for climate change, please click here for the short questionnaire.

If you have a story or vision you would like to share to show your support for work on climate change in our state, please click here for the short questionnaire.

Implementation Action Plans

The Natural Resources Agency is proud to present Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans, a document that shows how state government is acting to convert the recommendations from the 2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk report into action.

Divided by ten sectors that include water, agriculture, and biodiversity, this new report shows the path forward by concisely presenting

  • risks posed by climate change,
  • adaptation efforts underway, and
  • actions that will be taken to safeguard residents, property, communities and natural systems.

The report has been informed by public comments gathered last fall, including at workshops held around the state.

The implementation actions contained in the Safeguarding California report seek to fulfill Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s directive to state agencies to make informed decisions and avoid high costs in the face of inevitable impacts from climate change.

You can find the full report, including an Executive Summary, here. Each of the ten sector plans in the report can be found individually below as well.


Safeguarding California Plan

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, has updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

Related links:

Fourth California Climate Assessment: Building on California’s prior investments in regionally relevant climate science, a Fourth California Climate Change Assessment (Fourth Assessment) is currently underway. The Fourth Assessment will provide critical additional information to support decisions that will safeguard the people, economy and resources of California.

California Adaptation Planning Guide: The Adaptation Planning Guide provides a step-by-step process for local and regional governments interested in climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development.

Cal-Adapt: Cal-Adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning
tool. Cal-Adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users can either query by location, or click on an interactive map to explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area of interest.

California Local Energy Assurance Planning Tool: The California Local Energy Assurance Planning (CaLEAP) program is a California Energy Commission sponsored project to assist local governments throughout the State in preparing plans to ensure that key assets are resilient to disaster events that impact energy. The CaLEAP Planning Tool is a designed to help local governments develop Energy Assurance Plans (EAPs).

CalEMA’s MyPlan: MyPlan is a map service designed to be a simple interface to California natural hazard data products produced by the California Natural Resources Agency departments and other government agencies. This Web site is provided by Cal EMA to allow users to easily make hazard maps for preparing, upgrading and reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs), General PlanSafety Elements, Local Coastal Plans (LCPs), and hazard mitigation projects.

CalEMA’s MyHazards: Use this website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes.


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